Although rote memorization is not a “technique” but I’d like some feedback for what I do.
Why I ask this question? Because I don’t trust my brain. I’ve never tested its capacity before. I don’t know how and how much my brain can retain. This is the first time (not literally the first, but in a way) that I’m studying for a life changing examination. I’ll trust my brain, my capability if I had studied earlier and knew what works and what doesn’t work for me. Since I didn’t do it, everything’s trial and error for me. So, I seek your feedback.
What I do, currently: I take a paragraph. First sentence. Read. I’m not native English speaker so I read it again and try to speak fluently the whole sentence in one go. Then I count on my fingers and repeat that sentence 5-6 times. Then I check whether I’ve learned it by repeating it “one final time”. If I succeed, I move on the next sentence. If I fail, I get frustrated and try again. Every time I count the repetitions on my fingers.
This method is extremely tiring. I’ve used it to cram a night before the exams. I only retained what I crammed for one day. Therefore, I’m skeptical if this method is the “right one” to build a long term memory? Also, with this method, I almost always either can’t recall perfectly, on the second day revision, or forget everything I’d memorized in 2-3 days. This is why I’m really worried!
Other method: I take an additional notebook. Keep it on my book. Hide the paragraph beneath it, reveal sentence after sentence, read it, repeat it. And keep escalating. Here I don’t use my fingers.
I only know of these two ways. I mostly rely on the first way. I’ve started using palaces for concepts but I must memorize these subjects verbatim. Since these methods tire the hell out of me, I’m really scared if I’m doing it the right way. Or is there any other way to repeat, recall but not get so frustrated. I’m not scared of the hard work, but I’m scared of not doing it the right way. Since I already put a lot of hours into the first method of memorization, but unfortunately mostly forget/can’t recall without struggling, I’m worried why this is not working and what I’m doing wrong.